STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Britney Mallebranche Directs Production Of “Blood At The Root” At Bridgewater State University

Below is a press release from Bridgewater State University:

BRIDGEWATER, MA — As part of its annual student theater festival, Bridgewater State University’s Department of Theater presents Blood at the Root by Dominique Morisseau. Inspired by racially charged events occurring in 2006 Jena, Louisiana; this drama follows high schoolers as they navigate attacks on their social, racial, and personal identity. The show performs Thursday, February 24th at 8pm; Saturday, February 26th at 8pm; and Sunday February 27th at 2pm with all performances on the BSU campus in the Rondileau Student Union Auditorium at 19 Park Ave in Bridgewater. Tickets are available at the door or online at, while supplies last. Contact the box office at for further information.

A striking new ensemble drama based on the ‘Jena 6’ – six black students charged with attempted murder due to a school fight sparked by nooses hung from a tree on campus; this bold drama examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, the crises in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of Black family life.

The cast and crew of Blood at the Root come from all over the Commonwealth, and features Shayla Young (Abington, MA), Dakota Lopes (Bourne, MA), Abbi Styran (Bridgewater, MA), Madison Bradbury (East Bridgewater, MA), Colin AJ Jean Philippe (Waltham, MA). The crew is headed by director Britney Mallebranche (Wilmington, MA), with artists Destiny Hyman (Bridgewater, MA), Katie Slaney (Billerica, MA), and Emmett Buhmann (Raynham, MA), supporting the production.

BSU gives students the opportunity to create their own work as directors, designers, and artists with the Student Repertory Theater Festival. Each year students collaborate with faculty to create an original piece or bring to life a show of their choosing. In just four short weeks, students rehearse and stage productions performed as part of the five-day student festival. Two student shows are planned; Blood at the Root is presented alternating nights with Sensitive Guys, filling the RSU stage with the incredible talent and creativity of the Theater Department.

Blood at the Root performs Thursday, February 24th at 8pm; Saturday, February 26th at 8pm and Sunday, February 27th at 2pm; Tickets are available at, while supplies last. All performances are held on the BSU campus in the Rondileau Student Union Auditorium. Contact the box office at 508-531-1321 or and visit our website for information. Seating is limited.

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